Dec 4, 2012 10:00pm PST
in michigan that typically works at the bottom of a chain of contractors. >> the good companies are going out of business because they can't afford their safety. they can't afford their insurance. they can't afford their workmen's comp. >> smith: deckrow showed us what's left over for him after each contractor, especially the turf vendor, takes a big cut. >> at&t pays the turfer $187 to install a remote radio head. the turfer then takes the contractor and pays them $93. i've seen seen as low as $40 to $50 and have been paid $40 and $50 to install that same item. >> smith: deckrow says the pricing has forced him to make hard decisions. he drives his trucks more than 100,000 miles a year without changing the tires. and he's cut his safety budget. >> this day and age, everybody's faced with the money versus safety. whether they'll admit it or not, everybody's had to cut back on something. we would love to replace every year, every two years, new harnesses and new safety gear for all our guys. it's not in the budget. but this is stuff they have to wear every day in order to live through the day.
Dec 5, 2012 1:40am PST
, states where housing was hardest hit, nevada, california, florida, michigan. another bright spot, the nation's biggest homebuilder, toll brothers, reporting orders rising sharply. >> the mortgage rate, the best time. a steal. >> reporter: david muir, abc new, new york. >> look at the fact that the housing collapse in this country was one of the reason we went into recession, the hard-hit states, primarily florida, nevada, california. it's good to see the states bouncing back. a lot of good news in there. hope a soon of things to come. things get back to somewhat normal after the, the recession continues to ease. that's good news. worth highlighting. >> mortgage rates at historic lows. you have to get your home to appraise for more than what you paid for it. ideally. >> ideally. no. you have to. you can't be upside down. you cannot refinance. >>> also on the upswing, the number of women in some of the country's best paid, most prestigious jobs. new numbers show that women -- let's hear it for the ladies -- now account for a third of doctors and lawyers making huge strides. >> yip,